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Goodbye Columbus, hello Columbus

For the second time this year, Restovich sent down to Columbus in Triple A

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CHICAGO — The Washington Nationals outrighted Rochester native Michael Restovich to their Triple AAA farm team in Columbus, Ohio, and reinstated outfielder Nook Logan and shortstop, former Twin Cristian Guzman from the 15-day disabled list.

The Nationals sent Restovich to Columbus before the season started, but recalled him on April 18.

He didn’t supply the power off the bench that the Nationals were looking for. He hit .143 (4-for-28) with one RBI in 15 games. The 28-year-old began his tenure with the Nationals with four hits in his first nine at-bats but went hitless in 19 at-bats since.

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Washington also placed John Patterson on the 15-day disabled list because of right elbow/biceps soreness. Patterson started Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, but had to leave in the bottom of the third inning.

Patterson, who has a history of elbow problems, acknowledged that he has felt some pain near the elbow area. As a member of the Diamondbacks, Patterson had elbow reconstruction in 2000.

He underwent a MRI on Sunday morning.

The doctors found no structural damage, but they did find fluid in the elbow and located some nerve problems. Patterson could be out for a month or more.

This will mark the second straight year in which Patterson had to land on the DL. He spent most of the 2006 season on the shelf because of a pinched nerve in the right forearm

Guzman and Logan had been on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring and foot, respectively, and both are expected to be in the starting lineup tonight against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Columbus is 14-15 in the International League. In 11 games with the Clippers, Restovich is hitting .278 with a pair of doubles.

He started his career with the Minnesota Twins and has spent time with the Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Restovich was hitless in pinch-hitting appearances Friday and Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago.

Columbus is 14-15 in the Western Division of the International League, 31⁄2 games behind Indianapolis.

The Clippers swept a doubleheader from Toledo Sunday. They play the Buffalo Bisons (Cleveland Indians) in a three-game series starting tonight in Buffalo.

For related story, see C5

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